Saturday, 29 December 2012


Yes I know I'm 24 hours late, don't ask me how I managed it, something to do with being off work, having 'down time' (yes I am really a computer) and not clocking the days of the week.  When I woke this morning, I woke with a start, couldn't understand why and then couldn't fathom out whether we were on Friday or Saturday I've come downstairs and found out it's Saturday so apologies for my lateness - I don't know what got into me!

Given that we are now on the 29th - this is officially the last Rocking post of 2012 and as such maybe it's time for a general 2012 Rocking Round Up. 

My grateful's for the year look something along the lines of 
  • My blogging friends, those of you who happen along once in a year, a month, a week or every blog post really make me smile.  Those that leave comments make me smile even more because then I know you've visited - so I salute you my blogging friends thanks for the support through the year - you are AWESOME!
  • My hubby and son - who are my constant motivators, supporters and all round amazing people.  We've had some fabulous times this year, times on holiday, days out, general time together!  I love you both to the ends of the sky and back!   Let's make 2013 even better!
  • The WW group on facebook - you girls are utterly amazing, you make me laugh and cry and giggle out loud, sometimes in one 'chat' - long may it continue! 
  • My family for making Christmas day special, it was a long long day (well we were cooking for 10) but with family around us for most of the day the cooking task sped along at quite a merry pace and I found it probably the most relaxing Christmas day given the cooking task (a few amendments to our normal dinner this year, included Aunt Bessie's Roast potatoes - I cheated and it was farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr better than the stress factor) and Mum sorting the Yorkshire puddings! This was the table set before they all arrived! 

  • Christmas overall has been a rocking time for me, we've done so many activities again, managing most of the items on the list, from panto, to Christmas tree festivals, from Christmas markets to Kelham Island Victorian Christmas market and not forgetting our one and only visit to Center Parcs!   A photo from Christmas morning, when I look at photos like this I remember the magic! 
  • Holidays - we've managed three this year and they were all fantastic, one in Penrith, one in Beamish and one in the Wye Valley all were fabulous and fun, goodness knows what we'll manage next year, but I'm just enjoying the memories!  
  • Our first grown ups visit to Thoresby Hall 
  • Getting dressed for dinner at Thoresby 
  • Last days at school were sad and the end of an era, but the start of a new chapter! 

  •  Long summer days at Chatsworth Country Fayre (we got there as they opened and left after it had all finished!)

  •  A first driving lesson for said 12 year old 

  •  Autumn walks with my boys! 

  •  Nickelback gig - yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  the Olympics and our visit to Jessica's Post Box in Sheffield!

  •  Baby Meerkats - sooooooooooo cute 

  •  Crazy cousins remembering their youth (at the grand old age of 13 and 12 respectively). 

  •  Pub lunches by the River Wye 

  •  And giant meringues at Harewood! 

  • Quite simply fun fun times! 
  • Crafting oooh I do love my crafting, in fact I was crafting again yesterday, with my set up in the TV room there is no excuse not to craft because I'm in the same room as the boys, the TV, the Wii and now the Xbox so whilst they compete on game systems or watch films etc.  I sit at my table enjoying the atmosphere but also enjoying crafting.  This year I didn't make Christmas cards before Christmas - it turned into stressful production line of making in early December which I didn't much enjoy, so this next year will be different - why?  Because I've started them now and every time I complete a 12 x 12 layout I'm going to use the leftovers to create a card - you'd be amazed at how easy Christmas cards are to produce no matter what papers are available all you need I've found is stickles!
  • Trips to the theatre, not had many but the ones we have had have been awesome, hoping for some more fun times in 2013. 
  • Said 12 year old starting comprehensive and embracing the change, I don't think there is anything more stressful than a mother standing and waving their 12 year old off to big school, but he seems to have taken it in his stride, he is becoming so mature with a great sense of humour.  
And that my lovely people is that, it wouldn't be a rocking post without a bit of crafting now would it?  So I'll leave you with a layout from the last UKS Cyber crop - and now I have a hexagon die cutter I'm intending on doing this one a few more times! 

And finally Mr Linky

Thursday, 27 December 2012


Good Afternoon, well I'm taking a short break from my scrapbook table to document the fantastic Secret Santa gift that I received this year.  The Secret Santa was organised once again by Carmen and is something I've looked forward to all year, the idea of someone trying to fathom out what you like and  what they can gather, create and buy and stick to a budget and send out in good time - adds to the fun factor.  Now it hasn't been a straight forward Secret Santa this year by any means and I think Carmen's had pretty much every scenario that could happen happen, so she'll be more than prepared and armed ready next year in case things go pear shaped.  However, you'll be pleased to know that all came good in the end and all the Secret Santa's sent and received parcels from unknown Santa's!
However, this post is to show what I received, I was most excited to receive a pizza box shaped parcel in early December, I asked hubby to open to make sure the contents were wrapped (and wrapped they were) and then I placed the box and it's contents under one of the Christmas trees awaiting the big day.

This is me opening the gift on Christmas morning, it was the second gift I opened and I was so excited - look how pretty they all were, all wrapped in their individual parcels, hand stamped paper, wrapped with string and tiny embellishments!  I'd show you the picture of me but I might scare you so thought I'd show the close up shot!
 Look at the pretty paper, I'm loving this as an idea for next year!
 Now a little bit of chocolate is always a good start - nom nom nom
Then some journalling cards which I love and have already used one on a layout today!
Next up home made embellishments in a gorgeous organza bag!
Some Christmas mail art
Some stickers and some scrapbook papers which I love (again I've used one of these today on a layout and most of them are double sided!)
Then the two handmade items that are utterly gorgeous (I mean utterly utterly gorgeous).  A brand new A5 journal with the most divine cover handmade by my Secret Santa, I adore the colours, the masking, the added elements the accents, the stamping - well all of it!   This is the front
And this is the back
And this is the spine!
 But I didn't get just one handmade item - I got two!   This gorgeous wrap which when unfolded...
 Looks like this
 And contains this
Utterly blown away - it's simply divine.  Now I had no idea who my Secret Santa was until I opened my pressies and now have a sneaking feeling that I recognise the beautiful artwork above, but I'll wait for Carmen's grand 'unveiling' to see if I'm right!

So thank you Secret Santa for an utterly amazing and gorgeous gift and the letter you sent, it made me smile and was an added blessing and one which will be making it's way to my Journal Your Christmas this year so that it can be kept and reflected on in years to come!

And finally a massive thank you to Carmen for keeping us in order and in check whilst we sorted this out.  I'll be back next year provided Carmen will have me for the next Secret Santa until then well I'm off to play with my new art journal! 

Friday, 21 December 2012


Good Morning tis Friday already and we are fast approaching Christmas, are you ready or in a state of mass panic?  Fear not it'll arrive whether you want it to or not so you might as well try and enjoy the season!   But we are here to reflect on the last 7 days rather than the next, so let's consider what's been

Well this time last week we were getting ready for a fantastic break away at Center Parcs, the fine art of juggling around this time of year never ceases to amaze me but juggle we did and manage a long weekend break from Friday until Monday.

So here is a quick picture view of the weekend

Swans on the lake
 Woodpeckers at the Nature reserve
 And rabbits
 Family photos
 Me and my sister
 Tired Reindeers
 Gorgeous Christmas lights
 Amazing fireworks
Throw in a few swim sessions, walks to the Foresters, great company, laughter and you have a great mix for an awesome family weekend.  The downside an unwell hubby and Mum which resulted in most of us returning home somewhat more poorly than when we went, but let's not dwell.

Other than Center Parcs, the week has been a blur of work, sleeping and not being hundred percent, so a big grateful for understanding work colleagues and a great workplace!

Hubby being so supportive as always.

Said 12 year old having a great report at the end of his first full term at secondary school, apparently no behaviours to be reported and 31 achievements!

Overall we've had a good week, just feeling somewhat tired.  I'm hoping for a couple of relaxing days and to be over this dratted head cold before the festive season really kicks in!

So this one is short and sweet - why because I'm tired and your busy...

So head back next Friday for the last Rocking Post of the year.

I'll leave you with a layout, it contains two dark photos taken in a pub on my mobile phone of my the two men in my life playing backgammon!

And finally Mr Linky

Thursday, 13 December 2012


Good Morning, tis Friday - so what has been rockin your week?  What little bits of positive have happened to make your life better and easier, happier and more relaxed, it doesn't matter how small and insignificant if they made you happy then they were worth their weight in gold!  If you fancy joining in we are a tiny crew of people who like to take stock and share these positives - we're always happy to meet new Rockers and Rockettes along the way - go on give it a try you'll never know how much fun until you try it!
First up has to be the gas man who came, saw and conquered the broken gas boiler, now this wouldn't be the lovely people from Eon that I actually pay to cover my boiler because apparently the norm is to wait four days before they can come and have a look, so faced with a bad back and a weekend of cold we bit the bullet and got someone else to come and have a look and despite his lateness he was an absolute gent who found the issue and resolved, did a little bit of tweaking and ordered a part which he's due to fit soon, so all in all a positive - and why you might ask?  I'm faced with a bill I shouldn't have and he was late?  None of that matters when your heating is working - believe you and me our weekend would have been nowhere near as positive without it working - so thank you kind sir - you made my day!

Pantomime, now I know quite a few of you are running for the hills with that statement, but we love it.  Panto was one of those things that we did twice (that I can remember) as a child and both were fun family days of which not that many or remembered and even fewer recorded.  So we've made it something of a family tradition to head to at least one panto per year (and yes sometimes we do two).  It was the local theatre which is relatively small, we managed some great seats and for an absolute chance, said 12 year old didn't have a child behind him kicking his chair for the duration - so win win.  We saw Peter Pan and we laughed til we cried, it was so funny from the actual script to the odd mishap all brought it together as a fun family night out on Friday and given the stresses I'd had in the day when we had no heating it was an absolute blessing!  So much so we might even see if we can go again!  I kid you not!

Jimmy and Jamie's Food Fight - we'd recorded this so on the back of the merriment of panto and on entering a warm house we decided to have a watch - well laughed til we cried yet again - Alan Carr and that roller coaster ride - absolutely hysterical - if you haven't managed to see this yet - and I believe there are only four of them, then catch up because it really was worth seeing!

Saturday - well by now we were on a roll weren't we, so we got up and headed to Chatsworth for Christmas, now that doesn't mean the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire had actually invited us around for lunch, but meant a wander around the lower rooms admiring the house in its decorated state.  We managed this last year for the first time (after promising ourselves over and over that we would go at Christmas) and despite the rather hefty price tag - we had a ball!  This year's theme Christmas pantos and given the evening befores panto this seemed quite apt!  Just to show you some of the gorgeous elements of Chatsworth I have to say their ceilings are out of this world
 Plus statues
 Gorgeous trees
 And panto crocks - tick tock
 Window Twanky's laundry?
 More ceilings!
 And a random stranger asking if we'd like a piccie together!
 Gorgeous shadows
 Sunlit house
 Winter skies
 the veiled lady in her snow white setting
 Ice on the lake

Sunday - well Sunday brought a wander around my local craft shop in their sale looking for the odd bargain and then the afternoon brought a Christmas Tree festival and guess what the theme was - go on guess - you'll never do it - yes - pantos again!  Great fun to have a wander around and see the decorated trees in the local church, done by different groups in the community.  We were able to vote for our favourite tree decorated by a children's group and vote for a favourite tree decorated by an adult's group.

So a weekend of blessings - utter bliss!

Another positive this week has to be the fabulous girls on the WW group - you know who you are and your support has been amazing - thank you!!!!!!!!!

Mini positives

  • hubby listening to my try and fathom out a way of doing some work related stuff, more about the scheduling of it if I'm honest but he is a great listener! 
  • mulled wine of an evening sat on the sofa with a glass of the hot stuff lovely!
  • a real Bakewell pudding - these things are gorgeous and we only ever manage to get one if we go to Chatsworth or to Bakewell itself.
  • New Christmas tree decorations from the local garden centre
  • Finally downloading instagram to my phone - having such fun playing with photos! 
  • The Christmas market at the local garden centre, even if I did just come home with random items from scotch bonnet chutney, Italian cheese and Italian bread I seem to have made it home with an edible bag of goodies.  
And there we have it you lovely Rockers and Rockettes, I hope the season is proving fruitful and positive, if its feeling fraught and stressful then take stock, does it really have to be, can't you just take your foot off the accelerator a little, will it really matter if something isn't 'done' and if it really needs to be done can you find an easy way to achieve it? 

A layout for you taken in the summer and I think the title says it all. 
Until next week my beautiful people